The Old Man Band (Players Over 30)

Billy_PilgrimBilly_Pilgrim Unsigned
edited August 2013 in Nintendo Wii
Any one else playing Rock Band 2 on the Wii that's around 30 or so? If so, let's start the Old Man Band (sorry, youngins!). I play all instruments on hard/expert, but generally drum. I'd rather play for fun than any sort of competition. Want in? Just drop me a PM and let's get to rocking.

Alternatively, view this post for a comprehensive list of friend codes:
http://www.rockband.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2168398&postcount=590

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  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I've just added everyone, I'll be playing most of the day today probably between 4-8pm EST
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Kev2380/Hoodlum and I got to jam a bit today. I noticed that it's kind of hard to figure out a good way to find out what other folks might be interested in doing. I backed out to the practice space to check if any other folks may have gotten on by chance or if maybe Kev wanted to take over on his tour or challenges or something, but he left. So maybe I sucked too mcuh on picking when to get into overdrive (I was doing vocals and you can't just go into overdrive anytime you like as you can with the guitar controller and I don't always remember the more optimal paths or when a song will trap me with excess energy before another overdrive opportunity). ;)

    BTW, I'm CST if that means anything to folks. (And I'll be gone for a week starting Sunday.) But I'd still like to hook up with folks if any of you are on, so feel free to send me an invite in game if you see I'm there.
  • CherkovCherkov Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    @zarlor: I'll add you as soon as I get a chance to sit and play. And I have to agree with you that communication is one of the bigger problems with the game. The game comes with a microphone, it would be nice to talk to the other players that you exchanged codes with at least. Plus I've run into a problem when I tried to join an invite but the instrument I was playing was already in use, so it kicked me out of the session and I lost the invite. I could go on but I'll spare you my complaints, plus the game is fun regardless.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    zarlor;1746356 said:
    Kev2380/Hoodlum and I got to jam a bit today. I noticed that it's kind of hard to figure out a good way to find out what other folks might be interested in doing. I backed out to the practice space to check if any other folks may have gotten on by chance or if maybe Kev wanted to take over on his tour or challenges or something, but he left. So maybe I sucked too mcuh on picking when to get into overdrive (I was doing vocals and you can't just go into overdrive anytime you like as you can with the guitar controller and I don't always remember the more optimal paths or when a song will trap me with excess energy before another overdrive opportunity). ;)

    BTW, I'm CST if that means anything to folks. (And I'll be gone for a week starting Sunday.) But I'd still like to hook up with folks if any of you are on, so feel free to send me an invite in game if you see I'm there.
    Hey dude, you didn't suck at all, I thought you backed out to take a break. I want to do a set list with someone. A set of 5 songs that's at one of the venues. If you're up for that let me know. You did pretty good at singing, 100% on most songs on hard. I can't really play more then a few songs on hard, but I can play anything on medium with the guitar. Forgot to say my game name is Hoodlum not Kev2380. I'll try to change that next time I'm online.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    One thing that would be nice is if people could vote on what songs to do. I feel kind of guilty running the tours all the time and picking the songs. I don't know if everyone wants to play the ones I pick. I've had a few times where I picked a 5 song set list and people played about 3 songs we all got 5 stars but someone bails and ends up ruining the set. I wish there was a way to keep playing the song if someone disconnects.

    I've noticed at the later venues you have to play on hard. I'm having a hard time on these levels. I can play anything on medium but once you add that orange button I get flustered. I guess I just need to practice more. I'll probably be on tonight until 9:30PM or so EST.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I opened most of the venues in my original band doing vocals, and I can esaily get 90+% on hard that way, even for songs I'm not that familiar with, so I hadn't noticed about the later venues. Of course the venues that are easy are going to be the ones in your hometown region, so if you start in Europe, those will be the easy ones, whereas someone who took, say, and East Coast US town will have those as their easy venues. So we can get some variety that way and still stick to some of the easier skill levels if we need to, I think.

    I like doing the full band thing, but jumping into subbing on some other band randomly sometimes seems pretty hit or miss on having folks that disconnect on you. That does get pretty annoying. Sometimes it's pretty hard as well if you have someone that selects a difficulty level beyond their ability. It can be fun "saving" them, but gets very frustrating if they fail you out of the song (especially if they just try to do the thing again at the same difficulty.) Sometimes you just need some luck with getting folks who won't disconnect on you (for whatever reason... all too often it could just be a bad connection, as opposed to someone dropping out.)
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    I have added everyone from this thread, except for Flyturdz as he did not supply his friend code.

    Cherkov (Jerko in game) and Zarlor have returned the FCs.
    Still waiting to hear back from Kev2380, Lockheed and Billy Pilgrim.

    Cherkov and I had the chance to play today for a while.
    It was a blast... at least for me... I'll let him speak for himself, though I would hope he shares the same thought.
    It was great playing through a few sets with someone without a disconnect, and who understands how to use overdrive.

    The only thing that could have been better would have been to have a full band.
  • MisguidedGirlMisguidedGirl Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    hey guys. I'm up for a game any time any of you see me online. sometimes it's just me, other times it's me & my husband. Friend code is in my sig. I can sing on med & hard, do guitar on medium, & drum on medium.
  • CherkovCherkov Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    Yeah... it was a good time, Pubknight. I mostly play by myself or with my kids in no fail mode (they still don't quite get the concept), but this game is best when playing as a group. I find it's hard to find a full band too, though.

    I have the same problem as you Kev2380. Once it hit the point where only hard mode was possible, I was stuck. Can't get that orange button. I have been practicing and found that if I use my thumb for green and fingers for the other four buttons, it's a little easier than trying to move up and down the frets. Now I just have to retrain my brain for the right finger for the right color. I am curious to know what technique other players use.

    I'll add you on MisguidedGirl. My code's in my sig too.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Bumping this topic,

    I'll have to try using my thumb for the green button, that might resolve my problems.

    I'll try to play tonight and make sure I add everyone.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    Thanks Lockheed and Misguided Girl for the longest session I've had with the same group of other people online.
    That was a lot of fun.... even if Lockheed peer-pressured me into playing hard bass.
    =)

    And Kev, you are Hoodlum right?
    I see our friends code thing finally happened.
    I'll look for you online.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I'm back from vacation, so I'll add Misguided Girl in and maybe get on tonight. I should be on tomorrow if nothing else.

    As for techniques for playing on hard, the big one I've heard used most is to slide the hand down so your normal position is with your pinkie on orange, and whenever green pops us get used to moving just your index finger out to hit it. I know some folks try the opposite and stay with index on green in the usual position for medium and then train their pinkie to just move out to orange, but that's probably a lot harder for most folks.

    I've also heard, particularly for folks going to expert, that they will do something like use C-Clamps to hold the quitar down on a table, even going to the point of using their elbow to strum so they can use the fingers of both hands on the buttons (I think this is only used mainly in sections with a lot of HO/POs (Hammer-ons/Pull-Offs). I've never tried it. So far I've been working on the pinkie technique myself, but I'm nowhere near getting it down. I've mostly ended up sliding my hand between the two positions, but that works very poorly on some songs. I may try the thumb thing, though. It wouldn't work with a Guitar Hero controller, but it could work with with the Rock Band ones... hmmm..
  • MisguidedGirlMisguidedGirl Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    Zarlor, I've tried to make the move to hard many times. So far, I haven't been very successful. Re-training my brain so it associates my index finger with red & so forth is going to take some time. I tried stretching my pinky, but my hands are too small. :mad: For me, it's going to be about remembering two separate hand positions. One for the green, red, etc. postion & one for the red, yellow, etc position.

    Pubknight, you did good playing hard on bass last nite. You didn't even get booed out. I would've brought you back if you had though. :D

    I had a lot of fun playing online last nite. Although many of the songs we played, I had heard but never sang. I'm sure that was obvious with a few of my scores. :eek: I think I only got one percentage that was out of the 90's though & it was a song I'd never heard before. Thanks for the game guys.

    I think I've added everyone who has posted their FC's in this thread. If I've overlooked anyone, feel free to pm me.:D
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    MisguidedGirl;1788373 said:
    Although many of the songs we played, I had heard but never sang. I'm sure that was obvious with a few of my scores. :eek:
    I thought you did a great job.

    I've been looking for folks all day to play with (have the house to myself), but it's been tough finding folks.
  • AKWanbliAKWanbli Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    46 years young here! Just started playing abot 6 months ago.....always wanted to play the drums but too busy and in my younger years, in my mothers immoral words...(you can play any instrument you want except for THE DRUMS)

    Went out and purchased a Roland HD elec drum set just before the holidays.....Lov'in RB2 and my new drums ever since!!

    Lookin forward to playing with you all!

    AKWanbli
    FC: 157557527787
  • MisguidedGirlMisguidedGirl Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    Pub, we might be on later. We have to play in a GHWT tourney first though. If my hubby plays, he'll sing. Do you usually prefer guitar, bass, or drums?

    AKWanbli, I'll get you added! :)
  • AKWanbliAKWanbli Unsigned
    edited January 2009
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    MisguidedGirl;1788805 said:
    Pub, we might be on later. We have to play in a GHWT tourney first though. If my hubby plays, he'll sing. Do you usually prefer guitar, bass, or drums?

    AKWanbli, I'll get you added! :)
    Drums is my preference, but if someone else is doing it, no biggy... I'm pretty relaxed about the whole thing.
    Plus, there are a lot of times I just can't play drums, because of the noise factor in the house... so a lot of times I'll log on with just the guitar just to mess around a bit. (which is why I generally stick to medium on the guitar/bass... I have no real interest in getting much better at it... any 'practicing' I do is to get better on drums).

    I'm not around tonight unfortunately, we're out for dinner... that's why I was trying to get my rock band fix in basically all day.

    I'm sure we'll link up again soon though.

    And AKWanbli, I'll add you next time I fire up the console =)
  • LockheedLockheed Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    Where'd my- people-- go---?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I'll probably be on today/tonight. I need a vacation from my vacation so I have no plans on doing anything other than relaxing with some DVDs or Rock Band 2 today. :)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I'll probably be on too, before the football games start. I changed my profile so now it shows as Kev2380. My band name is Ocotillo.
  • MisguidedGirlMisguidedGirl Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    I might be on today until 3:45 (central time).
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    Any of you folks going to be on this evening (Jan 13th)?
    I'll likely be on from around 6pm - 10pm Eastern time. I'll have the drums out since wifey is out with work folks tonight.

    If anyones around, interested in helping me blow through some challenges?
  • CherkovCherkov Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    Pubknight;1800275 said:
    Any of you folks going to be on this evening (Jan 13th)?
    I'll likely be on from around 6pm - 10pm Eastern time. I'll have the drums out since wifey is out with work folks tonight.

    If anyones around, interested in helping me blow through some challenges?
    I'll be on after 8pm est. I can handle guitar or bass.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Count me in. I should be on after 6pm CST until whenever (although I usually hit the sack around 10pm CST.) My preference is for vocals, but I'll do whatever you need. Just send me an invite if you see me on!
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    Good playing with you tnoight, PubKnight. I know we completely missed each other on Overdrive on "Living on a Prayer" but the optimal Overdrive path on that one is a bit odd and it's a bit tight on the vocals side for when you can do it. Sorry if that seemed a little frustrating when I hit OD just as soon as I got it the first few times and then held onto it later. Some songs just work that way. ;)

    I still need to get better on "Alive" by Pearl Jam. That sucker has quite a few little improvisations on the vocal line that I still need to get down. Great work on the drums, man! If you need me for challenges or tours or whatever and you see me on, just send that invite (hopefully I'll see it a little sooner next time. ;))
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    zarlor;1803720 said:
    Good playing with you tnoight, PubKnight. I know we completely missed each other on Overdrive on "Living on a Prayer" but the optimal Overdrive path on that one is a bit odd and it's a bit tight on the vocals side for when you can do it. Sorry if that seemed a little frustrating when I hit OD just as soon as I got it the first few times and then held onto it later. Some songs just work that way. ;)

    I still need to get better on "Alive" by Pearl Jam. That sucker has quite a few little improvisations on the vocal line that I still need to get down. Great work on the drums, man! If you need me for challenges or tours or whatever and you see me on, just send that invite (hopefully I'll see it a little sooner next time. ;))
    That was great, thanks so much for knocking those out with me.
    I have a tendency after a challenge or a tour venue to go back to the Practice Space, so if a person wants to go, they can go guilt-free.
    I'm glad you stuck around though... unbelievable job on vocals.

    On the overdrive thing, no worries... that was my first time playing with just a vocalist, and I have NO idea on vocals... so I don't know where your overdrive paths are, when you can trigger them, etc.
    Plus, if I look up at your bar, I'll for sure lose my place.
    So I was basically going with: if you trigger, I'll trigger as soon as I can. Unless I am full, then I'll trigger to avoid wasting any.

    I thought we did ok though.
    I only recently graduated to hard drums, so a couple of those were sight reads for hard for me, like Pinball Wizard... I'm sure you could tell.

    For everyone in the thread, what is your folks take on the DLC, are you planning on gettting any/some/most?

    I picked up the 20 free songs, and I believe 18/30 paid songs.
    I'm probably going to get a bit more selective as the back catalogue is released... but it will depend on what's there.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I expect to pick up the freebies, then probably just songs I like from then on. I didn't even check today to see that there we had DLC now! Sweet!

    Vocals is a bit of a toughie on the overdrive front. You're more limited than any other instrument on when you can hit it, but at the same time you probably have a little extra freedom to let your eyes wander to all the other parts and see if anyone is getting full and such. So in some ways either the vocalist or the drummer has to be the one to cue everyone else to kick off OD, it seems to me. I try to watch drummers when they go into the freeform section to see if they are hitting anything there (so if you play around without intending to go into OD you might fool me into going into OD anyway). Sometimes the only opportunity to OD on vocals will be in concert with when the drums are in freeform, but it will be too late once the drummer actually hits that green pad to do it. So if I see drumming happening in the freeform I take that as a cue from the drummer that they are going to hit it. Although at least drummers do have a moment to see what others are doing during those freeform sections if they aren't going to hit OD (or want to check around before doing so) so there is a little freedom on that side, I suppose.

    I also think that OD for the vocals is not very noticeable at all. It just kind of flashes a bit on the outer lines, not like the other parts where you get that golden section on your highway that really stand out to everyone. Golden sections for vocalists means that is when you can hit your overdrive, not that you are in it. So I normally try to cue off of other folks for when to go. Some songs, though, you're just stuck. That Red Hot Chili Peppers one, for example, has only 2 spots you can really hit OD and that's it. So not much room to join up with the rest of the band on that one, unless they know where the vocalist is going to hit it.

    Not that any of that REALLY matters, as long as it's fun!

    Oh as for going to the practice space, that's not a bad idea. I actually thought you were going back there to see if anyone else was on to send them an invite. It's otherwise hard to tell that other folks might be on. (I didn't even see your first invite while I was trying to improve my scores on some of the band challenges until I took a break to check.)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    I think something might be wrong with my friends list, I looked for you guys online last night but didn't see you on. I think something is screwed with my band info in general. I had unlocked everything, and I wanted to change my main name from Hoodlum to Kev2380, so you'd know who I was. I totally screwed myself. I unlinked after deleting the band data, now I can't link up to the server anymore. I don't know if that's effecting my friends list too, have you guys seen me online?
  • CherkovCherkov Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    @Kev2380: You are still on my friend list as Hoodlum. I could try deleting you then putting your friend code in again to see what happens. What do you think?

    As far as the DLC goes, I was pleasantly surprised to see it come online last night. I just ordered a Kingston 2 gig SD card from Newegg for $4.50 with free shipping. Probably should have got more than one, but we'll see how much can be loaded on this one first. Right now, I don't have the cash to be buying a ton of new songs, so I'll stick with the freebies for now and pick and choose favorites as I go.
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